About Us

Formed in 2010, Higher Ground was born of a unique relationship among four long-time Atlanta faith leaders, Imam Plemon El-Amin, Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, the Rev. Joanna Adams and  the Rev. Joseph Roberts. Though they come from different faith backgrounds, the founders of Higher Ground share common experiences and legacies built as the leading voices for their congregations and for positive change in their communities. Now together, Higher Ground’s leaders speak with a distinctive, collective voice, helping to raise awareness and to inspire action on key issues affecting the greater Atlanta community to effect positive change.

Rev Joanna Adams


Joanna Adams is a revered preacher, pastor and teacher who gave more than 30 years of inspiring service to the congregations of four Presbyterian churches throughout metro Atlanta. Learn More.

Imam Plemon El-Amin


Plemon T. El-Amin is the Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, one of the largest and most progressive mosques in the country.  Learn More.

Rev. Joseph Roberts


Rev. Dr. Joseph L. “Joe” Roberts, Jr. served as senior pastor of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta for 30 years.
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Rabbi Alvin Sugarman


Atlanta native, Rabbi Sugarman currently serves as rabbi emeritus at The Temple, where he served one of the recently named Newsweek magazine’s “Top 25 most vibrant congregations in the country” since 1974. Learn More.